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DNR Expands Access to Ahtanum State Forest with Pilot Project
South Fork Ahtanum Gate to Re-Open Seasonally, Increase Opportunities for Shared Stewardship   The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with state Rep. Chris Corry (R-Yakima) and multiple user groups, is expanding recreational access to the... More...
Commissioner Franz Decries ANWR Oil Leases as Short-Sighted Cash Grabs
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today issued the following statement about the U.S. Department of Interior’s plan to open up 1.5 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas drilling:   “The value in our nation’s public... More...
CORRECTED: High Fire Danger Across Washington Prompts Temporary Ban of Shooting on DNR Lands
A Temporary Statewide Ban of Shooting Other than for Lawful Hunting Purposes Began Saturday at midnight on all DNR-managed Lands    This news release was edited to clarify lawful and unlawful firearm use.   To help prevent wildfires, the... More...
Eastern Washington Increasing Campfire Restrictions and Fire Precaution Levels
Due to the continuous dry, hot weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today more changes in campfire restrictions and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands. Beginning July 28, a statewide burn ban was enacted by... More...
Commissioner Franz Pleads with Residents: ‘Please Help Protect Firefighters by Doing Your Part to Reduce COVID-19 Spread’
Wildland Firefighter Tests Positive for COVID-19, Highlights Need for Washingtonians to Take Precautions   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, leader of Washington state’s wildfire fighting force, today is reiterating her message to residents: Please take... More...
Campfire Restrictions, Fire Precaution Levels, Fire Danger Ratings Increase in Eastern Washington
Due to the extremely dry, hot weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in campfire restrictions, industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) and fire danger ratings on DNR-protected lands. These changes come on the... More...
Outdoor Recreation Generates Big Money in Washington
People spend $26.5 billion annually in Washington to enjoy their favorite outdoor activity, according to a report released today   The report, Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State, found that residents and tourists spend $18.8 billion annually... More...
Campfire Restrictions, Fire Precaution Levels, Fire Danger Ratings Increase in Eastern Washington
Due to the extremely dry, hot weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in campfire restrictions, industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) and fire danger ratings on DNR-protected lands. These changes come on the... More...
Hot, Dry Conditions Prompt Commissioner Franz to Enact Statewide Burn Ban
Commissioner’s Order bans outdoor burning on all forestland under DNR fire protection   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz signed an order yesterday creating a statewide burn ban on all forestland under the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR... More...
Popular DNR Parcel Closed to Shooting During Elevated Fire Danger
“Stonelodge” site near Suncrest closed effective July 24   Due to high fire danger, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), working with Stevens County, will temporarily close a portion of state land to shooting beginning July 24, 2020.... More...
Fire Precaution Level, Burn Restrictions Expand in Eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Friday, July 10, 2020: Small debris disposal fires (rule burning) are not allowed in... More...
Commissioner of Public Lands Names DNR’s New Wildland Fire Liaison
Allen Lebovitz brings a wealth of knowledge and wildfire experience to his new position at DNR   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has named Allen Lebovitz as the Wildland Fire Liaison for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).... More...
Road, Access Improvements Planned for Leader Lake Recreation Area
Partnership between DNR, WDFW will repair road to popular lake while minimizing effects to visitors   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), is scheduled to repair and... More...
To Help Address State Budget Shortfall, Commissioner Franz Announces Pay Freeze, Furloughs at DNR
Hilary Franz will also donate her 2020 salary increase to local food banks   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today announced agency furloughs and a suspension of planned 3% salary increases for agency leaders and managers as part of cost-saving measures... More...
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz Names DNR’s New Chief Operating Officer
Katy Taylor to join DNR, bringing both private- and public-sector experience to agency   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has named Katy Taylor as the Chief Operating Officer of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).   Taylor... More...
Commissioner Franz Visits JBLM Fire Training, Uplifts DNR-Guard Partnership
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who leads the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its wildland firefighting force, met with Washington National Guard’s Gen. Dan Dent to commemorate the long, fruitful partnership between the agency and the Guard during her... More...
Outdoor Groups Release 6 ‘Recreate Responsibly’ Tips for Enjoying the Outdoors Safely
As summer begins, national groups advocate ways to protect health and keep public lands and waters open and safe during COVID-19   It may not feel like it, but the unofficial start of summer – Memorial Day weekend – is here, and the members of the Recreate Responsibly... More...
More Access Opened in Ahtanum State Forest
Early Progress in Repair, Restoration Work Expands Recreation Opportunities   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expanded access to areas of the Ahtanum State Forest after temporary closures for repair and restoration work.  ... More...
Help Keep Firefighters Home This Holiday Weekend
Heightened wildfire risk, COVID-19 pandemic a dangerous combination     Faced with what projects to be a significant wildfire season compounded by the added challenges and risks COVID-19 presents for first responders, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz,... More...
Repair, Restoration Work Continues on Ahtanum State Forest
Some Access Temporarily Limited Due to Vandalism During Closure   The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun repair and restoration work in the Ahtanum State Forest as part of its effort to improve and maintain public access.   DNR Lands were... More...